Antonio Dyson
Contestant Profile
Birth Date January 16, 1969 (1969-01-16) (age 49)
Hometown Louisville, KY
Occupation Dentist


Tribes Manlai
► Noyon
Placement 11/20
Challenges Won 9
Votes Against 6
Days Lasted 22

Antonio Dyson is a contestant from Survivor: Mongolia.


Name (Age): Antonio Dyson (44)
Tribe Designation: Manlai
Current Residence: Louisville, KY
Occupation: Dentist
Personal Claim to Fame: Kicking drug abuse to the curb when I was younger and raising a family afterwards.
Inspiration in Life: Rick Pitino, University of Louisville's basketball coach. The man can overcome anything.
Hobbies: Basketball, spending time with the family, volunteering at a local animal shelter.
Pet Peeves: People who lack decent hygiene, laziness, snakes. Pet peeve, fear, doesn't matter. I hate snakes!
3 Words to Describe You: Strong-willed, charismatic, happy.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) Basketball, 2) Basketball goal, 3) Basketball court...sensing a pattern here?
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Russell Swan. Losing was not a part of his makeup. He was so passionate about the game. I have to say I share some that with him.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Just the next challenge in life.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: Overcoming drug abuse was a huge turning point in my life, and I haven't looked back since.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I can be cutthroat but I can do it with a smile on my face, I can dominate challenges, and I know when to turn it on strategically.

Survivor: Mongolia

Antonio was one of twenty contestants on Survivor: Mongolia. He quickly became known as an asset in challenges as he won both immunity challenges before tribes were formed. On Day 5, he was placed on Manlai. There, he became an even bigger force in challenges when he led the yellow tribe to six wins in a row. While he mostly quiet during the game, Antonio decided that he trusted the rest of his tribe and opened up about his past drug abuse. Everyone accepted him for it but Melissa Edwards. She stated that his story made her feel slimy, much to the shock of the rest of the tribe. On Day 16, Manlai lost their first and only challenge and were absorbed by Noyon and Sevrei shortly thereafter. Antonio was picked to be on the Noyon tribe, joining fellow former Manlai members Heather Williams and Katie Maxwell. Antonio was able to survive Noyon's only Tribal Council after the swap and made the merge on Day 21. At the first Tribal Council of the merge, Antonio was targeted for being the aforementioned challenge threat that he was while at Manlai. Ultimately, the two swing votes, Cassie Abbott and Tony Alvarez, did not side with Antonio's alliance as he became the first member of the jury in a 6-4-1 vote. At the final Tribal Council, Antonio criticized Melissa for her narrow-mindedness and having a subpar social game. He voted for the eventual winner Jenn Klesko to be Sole Survivor.

Voting History

Antonio's Voting History
Episode Antonio's
Voted Against
1 Antonio's Team Immune
Antonio's Team Immune
2 Manlai Tribe Immune
3 Manlai Tribe Immune
4 Manlai Tribe Immune
5 Manlai Tribe Immune
6 Ruth -
7 Noyon Tribe Immune
8 Eric Cassie, Elliott, Eric,
Jenn, Ruth, Tony
Voted Off, Day 22
Voted for
Sole Survivor


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  • Antonio is responsible for the namesake of Arlal, his season's merged tribe. He correctly stated that the word meant 'journey' in Mongolian.